Sunday, August 31, 2008

Hey! I've been featured in a blog! Thanks, jenspens!

I may have a glue things to other things derby today. Yay for glue!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

belt buckle
Originally uploaded by cassowaryjewelry
Today's photo shoot mostly focused on items for my supply shop, such as this vintage belt buckle.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Magic Jelly tells us how weird it is when market values and non market values cross:

You know what else peeves me? People blacklisting each other! I'd buy from Rasputin himself if I liked his product! Well, maybe that's a tiny over-statement...

I think Swoon was right on the money.

I think this really unhealthy culture of excessive gratitude has been cultivated on Etsy that does not exist in the wider market. It means inexperienced sellers feel the peer pressure to jump through hoops to satisfy their buyers, & that some buyers have unrealistic or unreasonable expectations.

Let's not forget that a sales transaction is an EXCHANGE. Not a favour, not a selfless, benevolent act on the part of the buyer, & sellers are not charity cases. It's a mutually beneficial exchange of goods for cash. Both parties should be satisfied with that.

I would much rather have a quality product, well packaged & shipped promptly, than a load of effusive thank yous, excessive packaging, freebies, etc.

Come to think of it, I don't think I've really received thank you convos as a buyer...except from sellers I've had a prior relationship with. I appreciate that they're busy & I'd rather they invest their time in shipping my item.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I've got another profile up.
After an hour tour, got my E6000[did you know you can't send that through USPS, even though you can send blue green patina?] and a little bottle of mod podge, for some future projects.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Online selling is a revolution. It allows a much more diverse group of people to sell their crafts. Some people don't have the stamina to stand out in 90 degree weather for 9 hours a day. Some might not have $100 right then. Some might do better at making things than being a salesperson.

Online selling works with my rhythm. I can fit it into the cracks of my life. I do much better at a few hours a day, with lots of time for breaks if I become too tired to do things at my best. I can even ship from home if I am too exhausted to go to the post office that day.

If I feel good one day, I can ramp up production. I'm not type A, so I try to fit my life around my abilities, I guess. You'll never find me working 80 hours a week when I've got walking pneumonia.

Monday, August 25, 2008

I made a necklace
Originally uploaded by cassowaryjewelry
and listed it on etsy. I also changed two photos of items on my website. I'm working hard!
For Back to School, you need nipple tassels.
Hey, these pasties are quite nice! [not safe for work, really, should you be looking at pasties at work?!]

Friday, August 22, 2008

Here's a thread I don't understand. I once knocked out 10 items in a day. Some people are much stronger than the rest of us. Not to mention, sometimes I have a backlog of stock and will post it just to sell it off.
Today's photo shoot took place in the sauna that is outside. The light was pretty good out there, despite the steamy weather. I've gotten some good shots, so I should be able to do some listing. There may or may not be a crafty rodeo with the exciting supplies I got a day or so ago.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

There's an etsy goons street team, apparently. I oppress a goon, but am too lazy to actually be one. What's next, a 4chan street team?

Monday, August 18, 2008

Made four new items, and took pictures of all of them, but need to do a retake of another photo, so I'm going out again soon.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

I wish there were more lined journals

My writing
Originally uploaded by cassowaryjewelry
because my handwriting really sucks, and I can't draw. I need the lines so that at least most of the words of a sentence will be on the same line, but blank journals tend to be sold more often- especially if they are handmade! It's a sad life.
I'm replacing pictures on my website. I'm hoping to pump up the advertising and make more stuff today, but I may fail.
I finally retagged my stuff for the etsybead theme of the (two) weeks. Sadly, I realized that the green theme was for the 24th. Kill me now.
Today's list of tasks is huge- ebay, ads, pictures, making new items, and all that. I may just do nothing instead.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

I'm glad to have been able to get 100 of my etsy items on google base without a lot of fuss and muss. Of course, I need to pump up my promotion. I've been lax lately.

a cardinal rule

a cardinal rule
Originally uploaded by cassowaryjewelry
I've got some more ideas for designs, but I will probably play board games instead of making them. I hope it doesn't rain tomorrow. It's hard to take pictures outside when it rains.

Friday, August 15, 2008

I learned that I don't understand kites that can only be flown at night in graveyards to comment on the brevity of life.
Oh dear, there's more employee drama on etsy!

Maybe I should patina some brass pieces after lunch. I just realized it's almost 1 o clock. I will remember to at least make a few ads before 6.
Today's photo shoot yielded 33 photos. I hope most of them are good. Mostly I did photos for my gravely neglected supply shop, but I also took pictures of 2 new designs. Of course, there will be the pain of photo editing, and I need to do some ads.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

There's some controversy about etsy, employees and more. I plan to be the only person making my stuff forever.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Today's photo shoot was hot. I hope I got good first pictures of my new design. I spent most of the shoot bellowing out songs from RENT, hopefully the neighbors were hiding out from the heat. It's much less hot than it was though, so much that I have a headache from the weather change.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

So not my treasury, but oh so awesome.
Aparrently four people were muted from the etsy forums.

I'm going to work hard to get featured on more blogs, and that means more photoshoots!
Today's photo shoot was in the rain. I will be happy if even one photo turns out.


I got a few photos, and now am switching the new photos in.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Sunday, August 10, 2008

So not my picture! I have no money for the awesome chainmail scarf! Redpanda makes a chainmail scarf. I will never own this lovely, so here's a link so that you may admire it.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Added two new items to my website. Taking new photos of all the items on my website will not be pleasant, but needs to be done. Of course, I need to do my promotional hour of power as well.
Items listed: 3. 2 on dawanda[I'm participating in the shopathon. Maybe I should change my descriptions to include the rough dollar equivalents?] 1 on etsy. I'm taking a bath, and then on to the heavy lifting- my website.
There are some allegations that etsy teams have not received their grant money.

I'm hoping to post my whole backlog of items today. I've already done the photoshop work for most of the items.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Items made for this month's 50 item challenge-8.
No pictures today because of the rain. I guess I'll just stock my ebay store today. I may need to have a rotating promotion schedule for all my different stores.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

I relisted a book on ebay and noticed that the listing fee was ten cents. I probably should actually do some listing on ebay. I still have less than 50 items up.
I've got my new moo cards, and am excited for making new items.